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08.07.2019 17:42

How England’s Lionesses rated during the 2019 World Cup

England's World Cup tournament ended following a 2-1 defeat to Sweden in a third-place play-off match on Saturday as the Lionesses matched the performance of their male counterparts.

Here’s how Phil Neville’s squad performed throughout the tournament, which, in reality was over when they suffered a 2-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners USA. Ratings out of 10.


Karen Bardsley: Made some very good saves as well as having the odd shaky moment. Missed the 2-1 defeat to the United States in the semi-finals due to a hamstring problem and also subsequently sat out the third-place play-off - 7.

Mary Earps: The only member of the squad not to feature in any match during the campaign - 5.

Carly Telford: Performed pretty commendably across her three appearances. The first of those, in the 1-0 group-stage win against Argentina, was a World Cup debut for Telford after being an unused squad member through two previous tournaments - 6.


Millie Bright: Looked as reliable as ever at times, and unconvincing at others. Injured her shoulder in the group stage and was sent off in the semi-final - 6.

Lucy Bronze: The right-back frequently demonstrated her class, most memorably in the 3-0 quarter-final victory over Norway that saw her set up the opener, have a hand in the creation of the second and then score the third with a stunning strike - 8.

Rachel Daly: Played well in an attacking role as England completed their group matches by beating Japan 2-0, then had less of an impact when she came back into the team in the semi-final - 6.

Alex Greenwood: Made some eye-catching contributions in attack, including scoring as Cameroon were beaten 3-0 in the last 16, and had some suspect moments defensively, with her attempted clearance teeing up Sweden's first goal in the play-off - 6.

Steph Houghton: The captain produced some fantastic work at the back and also got on the scoresheet, against Cameroon. Her only really notable negative moment was a significant one - having a late penalty saved in the semi-final - 7.

Abbie McManus: Delivered a very composed display against Argentina after being brought in for Bright, and also started against Sweden - 6.

Demi Stokes: Began the tournament nursing an injury and went on to play three times. Did not react quickly enough for the cross when the US made it 2-1 in the semi-final - 6.

Leah Williamson: Made her only appearance when she came on in the 84th minute against Cameroon - 5.


Karen Carney: Slotted in well when coming off the bench in the group stage and the play-off game. She won her 144th and final England cap in the Sweden match, having announced on the eve of the contest that she would be retiring afterwards - 6.

Jade Moore: Did a quietly efficient job in the middle of the park at the times she was called upon, whether from the start or off the bench - 6.

Jill Scott: The tall, energetic 32-year-old showed she is still a key player for her country. Became the player to have made the most World Cup appearances for England in the Cameroon game, surpassing Peter Shilton - her tally now stands at 21 matches - 7.

Lucy Staniforth: Like Williamson, made her sole appearance as a second-half substitute against Cameroon - 5.

Georgia Stanway: The PFA Young Player of the Year made a very positive impression in the one game she started, the win against Japan that saw her set up the first goal - 7.

Keira Walsh: While she had some struggles, the 22-year-old also demonstrated her fine passing ability - 7.


Toni Duggan: Came into the team for Beth Mead after sitting out the first two games with a thigh issue and did well in the win against Cameroon before being dropped for the semi-final - 6.

Fran Kirby: Some nice involvement in build-up play but overall may feel like she has not had the impact she would have hoped for. Scored a good goal in the Sweden match - 6.

Beth Mead: Responded well when given the chance after losing her place to Duggan, setting up goals in both the quarter-final and semi-final to take her assists tally at the tournament to three - 7.

Nikita Parris: Has had a mixed time of it. Looked very threatening on occasions and scored a penalty in the opener against Scotland, before having two further spot-kicks saved - 6.

Jodie Taylor: Made her mark with the winner against Argentina, the Euro 2017 top scorer netting an international goal for the first time in 14 months - 6.

Ellen White: Superb. Registered six goals and was unfortunate not to have scored more - 9.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA